We entered the park at the Tioga Park Entrance, Highway 120, which was built in the 1960's over Tioga Pass. The road is closed in the winter because of snow. Cathedral Lakes became our destination for Day one.
I love John Muir's quote on this sign, "This I may say is the first time I have been to church in California."
This lake is in the area of the park called Tuolumne Meadows. We learned Californians loves to come to this area because it's not so crowded. We met expert hikers who were experiencing this trail for the first time, just like we were. The trail is actually part of the famous John Muir Trail and walking on it caused me to pause and think of all the other people who've tramped on it.
Day two we drove further on Tioga Pass, toured Tenaya Lake. Olmsted Point, and hiked to May Lake. Here we saw the remnants of a High Sierra Camp, where backpackers and hikers stay during the summer, in canvas tents.
The Olmsted's ensured that the park's landscape remained a place of beauty and his designs are apparent all over the park, especially at this turnout, named for them.
View of Mt. Hoffman, 10850', one of the highest peaks in the Park, with May Lake in the foreground.
And this view greeted us as we walked from the parking lot to our tent in Curry Village.
All the wide world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go....The spot where we chance to be always seems the best! John Muir